Surely "Hamsterdam" is a proposed solution - was based on a real attempt at something similar IIRC, but I don't know the details. The show also demonstrates how bold solutions like this combust when they make contact with social reality.one thing I want to say about Simon et al tho - the analysis and critique are obviously powerful, but they offer no systemic solutions
it's one thing to say this is wrong, this is what's failing and how it's failing. it's another, vastly more difficult thing to say this is what we should do instead.
that's probably unfair to ask of art - they are after all, not actual policy makers
but he's been banging on this drum so insistently for going on 20 years that it's like - well, what are your plausible better ideas?
the happiest endings his characters ever really got are those small limited victories, the compromises you can live with
Best place to start surely must be the two books by Simons - "The Corner" & "Homicide". Sorry if I'm stating the obvious but the reason Simons' work is so good is because of the time he spent as a crime reporter working for the Baltimore Sun. This experience - including time embedded in the police department IIRC - is written up in two huge tomes, one of which writes about the experience with the police, and the other of which takes an alternate "street" perspective.OK so what are the touchstone essays in Wire lore
what're the gold-standard takes
That's right. There's obviously a despairing element to this in The Wire. It doesn't take pleasure in seeing it's visionaries shot down in flames but there is a conservative aspect to it too. It's profoundly pessimistic and disillusioned. The Game has rules and any attempt to subvert them, or to go meta, is doomed to fail. You are bound by The Game, whether cop or robber, politician or schoolteacher. Just because you can see it, doesn't mean you are free of it.Surely "Hamsterdam" is a proposed solution - was based on a real attempt at something similar IIRC, but I don't know the details. The show also demonstrates how bold solutions like this combust when they make contact with social reality.